Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a scared mother films her husband slamming their two young children on the floor and kicking them because they were making a lot of noise, leading to him receiving an eight-month jail sentence.
The incident was filmed in the city of Omsk in the south-western Russian region of Omsk Oblast on 23rd January 2021.
In the video, Eduard Yunusov, 46, is seen meeting his five-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter at the door as they enter the house after a walk outside.
Moments later, he lifts them up and violently slams them on the floor.
The terrified children begin screaming, but this does not stop the father from kicking them on the floor.
The person recording the video was the children’s mother, identified only as Alena, who was too afraid of her husband to intervene during the abuse.
At the time of filming, the mother was holding the couple’s third child who is also heard crying in the background.
Alena reportedly sent the video to her friends, who later posted it online.
After the police became aware of the video circulating on 31st January 2021, the father was charged with ‘torturing minors’.
Yunusov, who has been convicted of theft in the past, said: “They were playing very loudly. I thought something had happened to them. I was scared for the children. I picked them up. Then what happened, happened.”
On social media, the family presented themselves as well-off and Yunusov bragged about his passion for hunting and fishing while his wife Alena rejoiced in their strong marriage.
Following the trial, Yunusov was found guilty and sentenced to eight months in prison. However, as he had already served this time in a pre-trial detention centre following the 2021 incident, he was released.
It was also established during the investigation that Yunusov had beaten his children at least 10 times, including with a belt, and forced them to stand upside down for long periods of time, causing physical and mental suffering.
His parental rights were stripped in March 2021.